Editors Blogs

Raptor 90 G4 Setup Innovation

Jan 18, 2012 No Comments

Initial helicopter setup, for aerobatics and 3D flying, centers around having the servo arms and bellcranks square while the swashplate is level and the blades at zero pitch. Several after market tools have been around for some time to make this process both a little easier and more accurate. However, until now, we have never [...]

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Raptor 90 G4 All metal adjustable control arms

Jan 18, 2012 No Comments

I’ve never seen a helicopter kit come with its own servo control arms, but the Raptor 90 G4 does just that. Normally we install the servos of our choice and attach either stock control arms, or some after-market reinforced arms. Unfortunately both types of arms use splines to attach to the servo output shaft, which [...]

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Raptor 90 G4 Main Gear

Jan 18, 2012 No Comments

It’s not very often I have a lot to say about the main gear of a helicopter, but this one is special and of a unique design that we have not seen in the past. The Raptor 90 uses a helical main gear that has several features. First of all it’s made of Delrin, which [...]

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Raptor 90 G4 Head

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

This Raptor 90 G4 has a lot of unique design features, with one being the all metal flybarless rotor head which is a nice combination of both beauty and a great design. You can just see the quality of construction in the photo, but what is not quite so obvious is its unique design. All [...]

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Red Tails! Tuskegee Legends & Facts

Jan 17, 2012 26 Comments

The much anticipated movie about the  WW II Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, is opening today! Is it true that the famed squadron never lost a bomber? That they shot down the first German jet? Before you head to the theater, test your Tuskegee knowledge with these legends and facts.   Since the 1970s, several widely [...]

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Valley View Cellmeter 7 Battery Checker

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

There are no shortages of battery checkers on the market, but this Cellmeter 7 from Valley View (www.valleyviewrc.com) has a lot of great features I have not seen in one checker before. It’s easy and safe to use and can check LiPo/LiFe/Li-Ion batteries with 2-7cells, Nicd/NiMH batteries with 4-7cells and read out total voltage, total battery cell capacity [...]

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Raptor 90 G4 Review Cont.

Jan 16, 2012 No Comments

The Raptor 90 G4 has several new and interesting design features, one of which is the all metal fan. As you can see in the photo, this is a completely different design fan than we have ever seen before. It’s hard to describe in words, other than to say it’s hollow and does not have [...]

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Painting Micro Pilot Figures — A little detail that adds a lot!!!

Jan 15, 2012 5 Comments

For the Flyzone Micro Albatros and the newer Fokker Dr.I Triplane, there’s a little white styrofoam, super lightweight pilot bust included in the box. But few pilots add this little guy because it requires some painting to make him look like a WW1 aviator instead of a snowman! Here’s some tips to make the job [...]

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